Monthly Archives: November 2014

It’s really chilly now…

You know it’s cold or at least heading in that direction when you open the closet door and say, “I need something wooly.”

Best words ever for a knitter!!

The hormonal boy has a 1/2 day so he and I will enjoy the afternoon or die trying!!

Have a great day!!



Oy, the hormones….

And I don’t mean mine!!!  We are the parents of a pre-teen boy that I may not survive.  I’m mostly not kidding.  You never know what kid is going to get off the bus.  You sit and wait to see what comes out of his mouth.  He’s either going to love you or hate you.  It’s like living a soap opera everyday.  I enjoy every single minute that child is in school let me tell you.  And as everyone says to me, and this too shall pass.  I might see it pass through the bottom of alcohol.

Back to more reliable and stable topics, yarn and knitting.  My happy place!!  I may have forgotten to mention that county fairs are big around here and this year I entered 3 knitted items and was especially proud because they were all dyed by me.  Two of the items were lace, one a shawl and one a beaded lace scarf and actually the sweater had lace panels too!!  I was really thrilled to not only win 1st place with both the lace shawl and scarf, but the shawl won Best In Show and the comments on the back said that the scarf was considered also for the top honor.  My sweater took second place and I never did lay eyes on the sweater that took first.

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Best In Show Ribbon

Best In Show Ribbon

This was Best In Show!  Pattern is Red Rock Canyon by Rosemary (Romi) Hill and the pattern that also got 1st place is Sierra Lupine also by my favorite designer Rosemary (Romi) Hill.

Sierra Lupine

Sierra Lupine

Here is my sweater that claimed 2nd place.  Pattern is Market Jacket by local designer Tanis Gray.

Market Jacket

Market Jacket

It is finally getting chilly here and I can’t wait to wear all my new knitting pretties.

Sweater update:  It’s almost done.  I am working on one of the sleeves and should get to the button band and neckline this weekend.  I am hoping to wear it for Thanksgiving.  I’ll take an updated photo soon.

I hope all is well with you.

Be happy,


The Meatball debacle…..

Hi folks..


I have to share a funny story about the weekend that I went to Rhinebeck for the New York Sheep and Wool festival.  I wanted my boys to have a nice dinner on Saturday so I pulled out the crockpot and put the homemade sauce in it the night before so the only thing that hubby had to do was turn it on and later put in the meatballs.  My son’s favorite thing in the world to eat is meatballs.

I have to admit that I am an enthusiastic cook and make pretty much everything from scratch and this included meatballs.  I did the unthinkable and purchased frozen meatballs because I just didn’t have the time to make them and I figured in a pinch it would be fine.  Well, it wasn’t fine at all.

My son asked me if I was trying to kill him??  Dude, I was still in my Rhinebeck coma when he asked and immediately asked, why??  Then the rant began about how bad they were and there were lots of gagging noises to go along with the meatball drama.  I was sitting there with a big cup of coffee and said, “So, you didn’t like them?”….. just to hear the rant one more time.  I got it kid, the meatballs sucked.

I came up with a plan to make a huge batch of meatballs.  I mean two big cookies trays of meatballs and the freezer was going to get involved.  So I stood there rolling meatballs and rolling meatballs.  I baked them.  Threw some in the sauce that was in the crockpot and the rest in the freezer.

Child came home from school and said YUM when he walked thru the door and then did an about face and before he could get the words out I said, YES THEY ARE HOMEMADE!!!!  I feel like we now have a meatball trust issue going on!

In other news, the painter is here and the sunroom is getting its unexpected makeover.  New door, new paint, new carpet and new couch.  Progress is a good thing.

I am back to knitting on the sweater and I seem to be in the 2 inch black hole of knitting.  I hope emerge from it really soon because I want to wear it for Thanksgiving.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!  I will see you back here soon!



Following One’s Bliss….

Lately I have been spending more time at the dye pots and feeling the love.

Jam Mash Up

Jam Mash Up

A lovely knitter sent me this photo of her finished sock and by the time this post, her second had been done for hours.  Thank you Corrine for such a fabulous picture.  I just adore this color way and of course you can find it here.

I am very fortunate to be able to do what I love and get paid to follow my bliss essentially.  I had to unleash the restrictions I put on myself sometimes and go a bit wild and that’s how my new color ways, Pop Rocks, was born.


I think these are so much fun!!  Doing this makes my heart happy!!

In knitting news, I am 2 inches away from being done with the body of my sweater.  I’ve decided that short sleeves may indeed work in the long run.  I’ll keep you posted.

I hope you all are well and enjoying the wonderful weather!

I’ll see you soon!